Friday Mar 7
The Jersey Journal
World-renowned visiting choirs at Grace Madison
Grace Community Music announces the last minute addition of a concert by the Duke University Chorale Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The one hour concert by the 55-voice ensemble, completing their annual Spring Tour, will feature works by Rachmaninoff, Bernstein, Whitacre, and Billy Joel, as well as spirituals and folksongs.
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Thu Mar 06, 2014
Review: Sharon Isbin at Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society
Sharon Isbin, one of the world's best-known and most highly lauded classical guitarists, offered a recital at the Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion on Thursday that reflected her lofty status in both its content and personality.
The Ashland Daily Tidings
Brava! Opera's 'The Turn of the Screw'
"The Turn of the Screw" is a curious story. American novelist Henry James' Gothic fiction was originally published in 1898, and - as a study of passion, desire and obsession - pushed the boundaries between sanity and the supernatural.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Mozart's "Linz" Symphony was written in just five days and established the style of his late, final symphonies.
Billy Budd's trials are not his alone
American novelist Herman Melville is much better known for his lengthy classic "Moby Dick" than his posthumously published novella "Billy Budd," but both involve exploits at sea and, more to the point, the suffering of great characters.
Billy Budd: Desire and Evil on the High Seas
While Benjamin Britten is often credited with having revived British opera, he could equally be recognized for awakening opera to the mostly untapped dramatic possibilities within the subject of homosexuality.
River Front Times
Acclaimed Music Director David Robertson Extends Contract with St. Louis Symphony
St. Louis will continue to be graced by the presence of world-class music director David Robertson through the St. Louis Symphony's 2017-2018 season, according to a press release sent out by the organization today.
Sat Mar 01, 2014
Acclaimed pianist Leon Fleisher adds luster as guest soloist with KSO
Music Director Raymond Harvey programmed three very distinctive musical voices -- Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Britten and Jean Sibelius - for Friday's concert by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra .
Thu Feb 27, 2014
The Houston Ballet Previews the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra with Free Talk
In celebration of his 10th anniversary as artistic director of Houston Ballet, Stanton Welch has created a world premiere ballet to Benjamin Britten's famous score.
Whale Song: Spectacular projections, a score that swells, and a...
There is a special hell for serious music-lovers, and in one molten corner resides a certain kind of contemporary classical that puts more emphasis on atonality and stridency than any actual reason for it.
A bedazzling 'Billy Budd' and Dudamel does Tchaikovsky. And more
A soul-crushing dilemma that leads to actual suspense -- thought by thought, moment by moment, note by note, measure by measure.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Franklin School's Ballet Conservatory to Perform with Metrowest Symphony, 3/9
Ballet Conservatory dancers from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts will perform Sergei Prokofiev 's Peter and the Wolf and Benjamin Britten 's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Peter L. Cokkinias.
Sun Feb 23, 2014
'Billy Budd' sails at L.A. Opera
Los Angeles Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd," which opened Saturday night in a six-performance run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, is an unusually absorbing night of theater.
The Washington Post
An unlikely pairing share the stage at Dumbarton series
The Post-Classical Ensemble's conductor, Angel Gil-Ordonez, likes to build his programs around a theme, which is how it came about that Benjamin Britten and Richard Wagner - as unlikely a pair of soul-mates as you're likely to find - ended up sharing the stage at Georgetown's Dumbarton United Methodist Church on Saturday, the sixth event in this ... (more)
Fri Feb 21, 2014
Britten 100/la Celebration Comes to a Close with la Opera's Billy Budd, Now thru 3/16
Conductor James Conlon , Music Director of LA Opera, concludes his three-year commemoration of the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten and brings the Britten 100/LA celebration to a close in Los Angeles with LA Opera's production of Billy Budd , which opens today, February 22 and continues through March 16, 2014.
LA Daily News
L.A. Operaa s a Billy Budda is a family affair
Although Benjamin Britten's opera “Billy Budd” is undeniably a tragedy, there's also an element of sweetness to the title character whose innocence leads to his demise.
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Lucy Crowe to Make New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall, 4/9
Carnegie Hall presents lyric soprano Lucy Crowe in her New York recital debut on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall.
Tue Feb 18, 2014
Liam Bonner Playing 'Billy Budd'
In honor of gay composer Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday, LA Opera is reviving one of his most renowned works this month.
The Japan Times
Fukushima kids compose for Philharmonic
Good conduct: The New York Philharmonic performs Benjamin Britten's 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra' at Tokyo's Suntory Hall on Feb. 11, with music director Alan Gilbert serving as narrator and assistant conductor Joshua Weilerstein at the podium.
Mon Feb 17, 2014
Cruel comparisions to the ...
New operas certainly haven't been in short supply over the past hundred years or so, but it is surprising how few have actually entered the repertoire, compared with the long list of favourites from the previous century.